Early Years and late starts.
All 4-year-olds have been entitled to government-funded early education since 1998 and in 2004 this was extended to all 3-year-olds. Since September 2017, working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds have been entitled to an additional 15 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks of the year. There has been a significant rise in the number of parents asking for their summer-born children
to delay starting school. When asked for their reasons for delaying their child’s admission, the most common reason given was, whether parents felt their child was ready for school.